But I read with interest the comments left by Wooters trying to decide whether to buy the camera. About half pointed to online comments from previous buyers, many of whom complained that the camera's images were too noisy.
I'd guess those users probably did the following:
- They charged the battery and added a memory card.
- They turned the camera on.
- They shot their photos on Auto, and got poor results.
The higher the ISO, the more likely their will be digital noise in your photos.
The way around this? Learn how to use the camera's "Program" mode. It's similar to Auto, but it should allow you to lock the ISO at a lower ISO 100 or 200, where you'll have less incidence of noise. You may need to take a step or two closer to your subject so you get more detail, but the exercise won't kill you.
By the way, I have the Samsung HZ35W -- nearly identical to the HZ30W, but with a better viewing screen. The daylight images are really quite nice. There's some noise in the shadow areas, but nothing objectionable. I need to play with it some more.